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How Robotics Can Fulfill a Missing Line of Defense

An industry professional shares her view on the unique role that robotics can play as a critical line of defense for public safety and other deployments.

Over the last six months, I have been a willing attendee of numerous, expansive outdoor concerts, art festivals and municipal celebrations, often in the company of beloved family and friends.

Every time frontline officers were on hand and precautionary tools were in use to screen incomers as well as surveil the crowd — a sign of the times we accept for safety’s sake, yet a far cry from what we recall from bygone days.

As someone in the business, and most likely because I am in the company of loved ones at these events, I am more accepting of these procedural changes that often detract from carefree feelings. Further, my brain is rapt with, “What more could be done here to predict, prevent and reduce loss?”

As a marketer of robotics, I am impatient for the adoption of advanced technology I know to be the missing safeguard layer.

The grandest event I participated in came days after a terror attack in the same host city, the New York City Marathon. More than 50,000 runners, 1 million spectators, hordes of volunteers, an army of law enforcement and, yes, the Army was in the city five days following the Wall Street bike path incident.

For me, the race marked 25 years since my first NYC Marathon, and boy had the security protocols changed. Armed officers in the streets, snipers perched atop skyscrapers, and triple-decker buses as walls across the Verrazano Bridge, to name a few.

Twenty-five years changed two fundamental things: The sophistication of wrongdoers and the advancement of robotics to combat their malice. Knowing what robotics can do today to assist in these situations, we are remiss to not play to a position of strength over terror.

Robots are the missing piece in how far we’ve already come to address acts of evil or of nature. We have a shared appetite for safety and we are growing accustom to the change safeguards bring to our experience. It’s time to take our well-being to the next level.


Alice DiSanto is Director of Marketing for Sharp Robotics Business Development. To learn more about security applications for robots and drones, visit Robolliance Expert Corner.

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